Industry Today Volume 22 Issue 4

rchitecture historians divide the evolu- tion of buildings into different periods: Neo-classicism has its Greek columns, Art Deco has its glittering chrome, Brutalism has its swaths of concrete. The architectural period we’re now entering is different. It’s not about how the doors look. It’s about who, or what, opens those doors. And, more importantly, it’s about what is going on behind those doors. How are occupants using the space? Are they comfortable? Are we creating healthy environments? The answer to those questions lies in data. Lots and lots of data. And to make better sense of the gigabits of data these buildings are cre- ating, we’re now able to use powerful analyt- ics. These workspace analytics, along with the advances in automated fault detection, are the next big thing in smart buildings. Buildings have been growing smarter for years – and an increase in data is behind all of these changes. Powerful workspace analytics, along with the advances in automated fault detection, are the next big thing in smart buildings. A INDUSTRY TODAY 39 FEATURE - SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC ING IN S

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